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Police investigate north side shooting

A man was shot and injured after gunfire erupted on Madison's north side late Wednesday night.

The victim was taken to a hospital and underwent surgery. Police said the victim, a 27-year-old man, is in serious but stable condition Thursday.

The shooting happened around 10:50 p.m. on Brentwood Parkway near Warner Park.

Witnesses said there were several people outside during the shooting because of a prior disturbance. They said that cars had been racing up and down the street, and a cat was run over. The shooting happened shortly after that, residents said.

"Two guys had come running out of that parking lot and you heard gunshots and that guy, he just dropped. You knew he got hit," said onlooker Dan Evans. "And I just ran down there and tried to help him out until we got an EMT over there."

Evans said he heard about 15 gunshots.

East High student turns envelope filled with cash to police

East High student turns envelope filled with cash to police

A 17-year-old boy made an admirable decision after finding an envelope filled with cash on Madison's north side last month.

Police said the envelope was found in the 400 block of Pawling Street near a street sign and in front of the apartment building where the teen lives.

Whooping cough on the rise in Dane County

Whooping cough on the rise in Dane County

Over the past several months, whooping cough, or pertussis, has been on the rise in Dane County, according to Public Health Department officials.

Since March 1, more than 90 cases have been reported in Dane County and more cases are expected, officials said.

Most of the reported cases are school aged children -- and within the age group, the hardest hit is 10 to 14 year old people, officials said. More than 160 total cases have been reported since the beginning of the year. 

While cases of pertussis have been found in quite a few areas of the county, clusters of cases have been reported in Sun Prairie, Monona and Cottage Grove. 

Other counties in Wisconsin have also seen an increase in pertussis. 

UW police collecting unwanted drugs, expired medications

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department is participating in the fourth National Take Back Initiative with the DEA on April 27.

The initiative aims to make people's homes and communities a safer place by giving them the opportunity to bring in their unwanted or expired medications to the Police Department for safe disposal.

This event normally occurs on Saturday, however to accommodate the campus community, the UWPD event will be a day early, on Friday, April 27.

People can drop of medications without even getting out of their vehicles. They can just drive in, dump their medications into a bucket that one of the department's uniformed officers will be holding and drive off.

No information will be taken, and the whole process should take less than a minute. No needles or aerosols, no containers (All liquids must be in their original containers.) For convenience, people should just bring their medications in a plastic bag.

Madison elementary students plant trees for Earth Day

More than 250 students kicked off Earth Day this weekend by planting trees at Warner Park in Madison on Friday.

Lake View Elementary students walk to the park every year around Earth Day to plant trees and help spruce up the park.

Former U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wis., started Earth Day in Wisconsin in 1970.

Clean Sweep starting summer hours in Dane County

If spring cleaning chores include getting rid of old pesticides or paint thinners, local officials said bring them to Clean Sweep, a recycling hazardous waste program.

Clean Sweep is a way for residents of Dane County to safely dispose of household hazardous materials, free of charge, organizers said.

This extends the life of the Dane County landfill, according to Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

"And the county is looking forward to breaking ground this summer on a facility that will enable Clean Sweep to operate year round, making it even more convenient for citizens,? Parisi said in a news release.

Clean Sweep, located on 2302 Fish Hatchery Road, begins it summer hours on May 1.